Getting A K-1 Fiancee Visa
For Your Foreign Woman!
The one glorious person who completes who you is in this world. You met, you fell deeply in love, and you want to spend the rest
of your lives in each others arms. But... she's thousands of miles away. How do you bring two distant worlds together so your dream
of a loving wife and happy family become reality?
If you're lucky enough to have met someone who loves you so much she'll completely redefine her life by relocating from her country
to yours - you need to know what steps to take to assure the shortest possible time for her arrival.
The Fiancee Visa Process can be intimidating in theory, knowing you'll need to gather documents, submit forms, wait for approvals,
answer any issues with the USCIS (formerly the INS,) and help your Fiancee plan and attend an interview with the American Embassy
in her country prior to approval. Communication needs to be constant, clear and patient as you work diligently together toward your
future. Costs are associated with each stage but needn't break anyone's bank. Most importantly is to know what to realistically expect
and to stay calm, focused and optimistic. Thousands of couples receive Fiancee Visas from the US government each year. YOU CAN DO
A SUMMARY OF STEPS IN THE K-1 FIANCEE VISA APPLICATION PROCESS:
Basically, in order for you to secure a Fiancee Visa for your future Foreign Bride, you and she must meet the following requirements
and take the following steps:
You must be a U.S. Citizen.
You must have met your foreign Fiancee within the past 2 years. (Be prepared to document that meeting with photos of the two of you
together, copies of hotel and plane/train tickets, and copies of the stamped page(s) in your passport.)
You both must be legally free to marry at the time you submit the application.
Your Fiancee does not have a criminal record.
Your Fiancee has not violated any US Immigration Laws.
Your Fiancee must successfully pass a medical examination at a US State Department approved clinic just prior to the K-1 Visa interview.
You must meet certain financial requirements. (Basically you must demonstrate that once your girl is admitted to the US, she's not
likely to end up on Public Aid and that you can, in fact, live above poverty level.
SOME ITEMS YOU MIGHT NEED FOR THE PROCESS:
COPIES OF YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE, DRIVERS LICENSE, DIVORCE DECREE (IF APPLICABLE,) AND PASSPORT.
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA SUCH AS YOUR PARENTS PLACE OF BIRTH, YOUR ADDRESSES FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS, YOUR PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS, ETC.
COPIES OF YOUR PREVIOUS INCOME TAX FILINGS, PAYROLL CHECK STUBS, BANK STATEMENTS, A SUMMARY OF ASSETS FOR THE AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT.
PICTURES OF THE TWO OF YOU TOGETHER, COPIES OF LETTERS OR EMAILS EXCHANGED, AIRLINE TICKET STUBS, BOARDING PASSES, HOTEL RECEIPTS,
COPIES OF YOUR STAMPED PASSPORT TO ESTABLISH YOU AND YOUR FIANCEE HAVE ACTUALLY MET IN PERSON AND FALLEN IN LOVE.
THE FOLLOWING MUST BE TRANSLATED IN ENGLISH AND CERTIFIED (SEALED) BY A LICENSED FOREIGN ATTORNEY OR SERVICE. THERE ARE MANY
IN FOREIGN CITIES WHO CAN DO THIS AND IT USUALLY CAN BE DONE QUICKLY.
A COPY OF HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE, DIVORCE DECREE, AND PASSPORT. RUSSIAN AND UKRAINIAN WOMEN USE A PASSPORT AS A NATIONAL FORM OF
I.D. IF THERE ARE MINOR CHILDREN YOU WILL NEED TO DO THE SAME WITH ANY CHILD'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND PASSPORT.
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA SUCH AS HER PARENTS PLACE OF BIRTH, HER ADDRESSES FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS, HER PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS, ETC.
A LETTER FROM ANY CHILD'S FATHER, GRANTING PERMISSION FOR THE MINOR CHILD TO LEAVE HIS NATIVE COUNTRY AND LIVE PERMANENTLY IN
YOU SHOULD PLAN ON GATHERING SOME OF THESE VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS WHILE VISITING YOUR LADY, BEFORE RETURNING HOME. SHE MUST
PERSONALLY SIGN AT LEAST ONE OF THESE FORMS AND INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OF THESE DOCUMENTS CAN BE VERY COSTLY.
Timeline of Events in the Fiancee Visa Process:
Q: I have submitted the I-129F application and related documents for initial approval from the USCIS (United States Citizenship
and Immigration Service.) How long should it take for me to receive the initial approval?
A: Approximately 30 - 120 Days The time from submission to your first approval will vary depending on several factors, such
as what state you reside in and what country your foreign Fiancee is from. Once you submit your initial application and related documents
you'll receive a receipt notice. Assuming all necessary documents are in place and you've done your paperwork correctly you should
expect the initial approval stage to take between 1 and 3 months on average. If there are missing documents or signatures, incomplete
forms or no payment - there will be obvious delays. Many Immigration attorneys will tell you the processing times are actually faster
than the USCIS will predict.
Q: My application has been approved and will be sent to the National Service Center then to a Foreign Consulate (US Embassy) for
further processing. How long before we hear that an interview has been scheduled?
A: Approximately 2 - 4 Weeks to be notified, then approximately 30 - 45 days from notice to be interviewed. This is often
the hardest time period in the process for couples. You'll likely receive no further notice about the status of your application
until the Foreign Consulate schedules her interview. (Applications for women from Russia, for example, are sent to the US Embassy
/ Foreign Consulate in Moscow.) You can search for updates on status at the appropriate Consulate web-site. One day, your case number
will magically appear there with an interview date. If you check this daily, you could possibly know her interview date before she
does and call her with the good news! Interview notices are sent to the girl by mail or delivery service, which take a few days to
Prior to her interview, she will be asked to complete several tasks. She must get a police report from her local precinct stating
she has no criminal background. She will also be scheduled for a medical examination a few days prior to her interview, the confidential
results of which will be sealed in an envelope for her interview official. Petitioners (that's you) will also need to complete a
financial affidavit to show you meet the requirements and provide your Fiancee with this information for her interview. Finally,
she will need to visit a FedEx or DHL office and purchase a pre-paid shipping envelope from the US Consulate to her residence to
take with her to the interview.
Q: My Fiancee's interview with the Consulate has been scheduled. Once she receives her Fiancee Visa, how soon can she come to
A: Right away! She will not receive her visa at the interview, rather it will be sent to her within a week (typically) via
the pre-paid shipping envelope mentioned above. Once in possession of the K-1 Fiancee Visa, she has 6 months to enter the US. Once
she enters the US, she'll have 90 days to be here for the visa period. The visa period cannot be extended, so once she arrives she
must marry you within that 90 day period or return home.